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- Peaceful park near Penrith in the Lake District National Park
- In a wildlife haven overlooking Ullswater
- Play area, football pitch and shop open in season
Squirrel! Did you know that the red squirrel is a very shy critter that mostly won’t be spied if it hears big humanly footsteps (a bit like hobbits)? Sssh: you might just spy one around beautiful Waterfoot Caravan Park, an immensely peaceful place near Penrith in the Lake District National Park.
Like the thought of spotting red squirrels in the wild, the look and location of Waterfoot should make one want to pack up and move here with some immediacy. Not only is it in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, with scurrying wildlife all round, but it overlooks gorgeous Ullswater, with steamer cruises on Lady Dorothy, famed walking routes and, we hope – carrying a notepad/sketchpad to note/sketch sightings of glorious daffodils.
Waterfoot is a family site over a most viewsome acre of land, with up-to-date showers and toilets, a shop open daily during the season, a laundry room and indoor washing-up areas to combat any Lake District rain. Sans rain, kids have a play area with swings, climbing towers, rocking toys and slide, and there’s a small football pitch for big brothers and sisters.
Reception is easily found at the front of the park, so check in and lace up your walking boots to take in the wildlife and walks of some of the prettiest parts of the country – did someone say squirrel…?
Open from 01/03/2018 to 06/01/2019
Tourist board rating
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Please note that the lounge bar is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until further notice.
Check availability at Waterfoot Caravan Park…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Electric hardstanding touring pitch
Max. persons: 5 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 5.0m width x 7.9m depth (16.4ft width x 25.9ft depth) Calculated area: 39.5m² (425.2ft²)
Ground type: Hardstanding
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A very comfortable park with clean facilities and we relaxing weekend.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Penrith: Rail Station Coach Stop
— 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Penrith Bus Station — 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 4.9 miles
- Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station
— 4.4 miles
4.4 miles Langwathby Rail Station — 8.7 miles
8.7 miles Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 10.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
— 0.3 miles
0.3 miles Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 6.6 miles
Newcastle International Airport
— 53.5 miles
Waterfoot Park is easily accessible from Junction 40 off the M6, the Penrith junction, but please follow the directions below rather than your satnav.
Follow the brown signs marked Ullswater Steamers from Junction 40 and drive west on the A66 for a mile before turning left at the roundabout onto the A592 towards Ullswater.
Please stay on the A592. After 2 miles you will see our sign for the entrance on your right.
If you reach the junction with the lake road you've missed us by 200 metres.
By bus, take the 108 or 508 from Penrith to Patterdale, disembarking either at Pooley Bridge and then walking over the River Eamont and along the footpath; or at Ullswater Steamer Pier then crossing the road through the wood and following the signs for Waterfoot Park (this will take approximately 10-15 minutes).
Waterfalls, walks, watersports, history and heritage are all here: start off with the miles of bridleways around Ullswater, all linked by Ullswater Steamer routes, and take the circular route around Maiden Castle which starts and ends at Waterfoot Caravan Park.
The site is surrounded by the Dalemain Estate which has five acres of gardens and swathes of historic parkland; the house and gardens themselves are less than two miles away (the cream teas are heartily recommended).
Another short walk will take you to the Bronze Age stone circles of Moor Divock at Pooley Bridge, a collection of stone circles edged by its biggest, The Cockpit at 25 metres wide, which still has standing stones of up to a metre high. It’s one of around 50 stone circles around Cumbria: Swinside, Castle Rigg and Long Meg and her Daughters are three of the biggest and most visited.
At least a day must be had on and around Ullswater, the Lake District’s second biggest lake, for a trip on Lady Dorothy or one of the other steamers; a spot of sailing, diving or boating, or a scale up Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain and lying at Ullswater’s south (stagger to Glenridding village afterwards for refreshments).
At Ullswater’s west, Aira Force waterfall, tumbling down 65 feet, is a short drive from Waterfoot and reached by a crashingly good walk through woodland and glade.
Wildlife including red deer and those red squirrels can be spotted in many Lake District woodlands and fells, but to maximise your chances of a sighting, scurry along to the flagship red squirrel reserve at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick, where there’s also a red squirrel trail with a visitor centre and rope bridge.
Greystoke Forest and around Bassenthwaite Lake are other likely spotting areas, and like Whinlatter, have acres of other activities such as mountain biking and fell walking (start off at the Whinlatter visitor centre for ideas and tips).
Indoor options around the area include many museums, historic houses and oodles of towns and villages to shop around. Penrith is the nearest market town to Waterfoot and has an indoor pool, climbing wall, several specialist shops and a market twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- Dalemain Historic House & Gardens (1.4 miles)
- The Rheged Centre (3.0 miles)
- Ullswater Steamers (6.6 miles)
- Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (9.6 miles)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (14.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
Please call using the telephone number provided in your booking form if you are running late (leave a message if necessary).
Waterfoot Caravan Park cancellation policy
No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.
If you cancel more than 14 days before the start date of your holiday, you will forfeit an administration charge of £10 per booking and the balance will be refunded. Alternatively, the campsite can issue a credit note which will be valid for 12 months.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Waterfoot Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash